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February 10, 2018 -- A Georgia black man who killed a white farmer and allegedly raped his wife met an unfortunate end Sunday*. 

Paraphrased from The Indianapolis Journal ▼

Reports say 45-year-old Sam Hose was dragged from jail by a mob of about 2,000 where he was confined after a ten-day man hunt. 

Hose confessed to the murder of Alfred Cranford. He claimed a local black minister, Lige Strickland, paid him to commit the crime. 

Hose admitted Cranford's wife had been raped, but by another individual whom he offered to identify. 

Upon hearing the confession, the mob — described as "frenzied" — began cutting off the man's ears, fingers, and "other portions of his anatomy" that were not disclosed by the reports. 

The crowd ignored their victim's pleas for his life. 

The wood pyre under the pine tree to which Hose was chained was ignited. 

After his death the victim's body was cut into pieces by the crowd. His heart and liver were disected and his bones were crushed. Bits of his cooked liver were sold for ten cents each and bone slivers went for twenty five cents. 

Former Georgia governor W.Y. Atkinson earlier happened by the mob on his way home from church and begged for leniency, urging the mob to allow the law to run its course. The politician's pleas were ignored and Hose was not returned to the sheriff. 

The current governor was notified with requests to deploy troops to prevent potential racial violence.


Hose was discovered hiding from authorities at his mother's home where he was tracked by bloodhounds. He told authorities they had the wrong man; that he was really "ginger faced" and "blacked up." Hose had, in fact, blackened his face in an effort to disguise his true identity, but the alleged killer's true skin tone was visible under his shirt collar. 

Having been taken into custody, authorities placed Hose on a train in Macon with intent of remanding him in Atlanta. The train, however, was intercepted at Newman by angry whites and besieged by a crowd estimated at 500. 

The mob marched en masse to the Campbell County jail with Hose at their front. He was delivered to the sheriff.

The sheriff requested the presence of the victim's wife for proper identification of Hose. As word spread, however, another mob began to form. Fearing an assault on his jail, the sheriff relented and released Hose to the crowd. 

Hose was then marched, again, at the head of the mob. This time he was taken to the Newman town square. 

Judge A.D. Freeman joined the former governor in pleading for the prisoner's release. Atkinson reminded the mob that proper identification had not be made.

The mob heeded the plea by marching Hose to the nearby home of Mrs. Cranford's mother and sister for identification. The two women assured the mob that Hose was, indeed, the killer. 

The women objected when the mob purposed to immediately execute Hose by burning him on their lawn. 

Word came that the governor had commissioned a militia to restore order. The mob reacted by hastily parading toward nearby Palmetto. Once again, Hose was marched at the head of the procession. 

Reports say another 1,500 or so individuals joined the mob with vehicles jockeying for position. 

About 1.5 miles outside Newman, Hose was placed against a pine tree at the side of the road and was allowed to speak. 

"I am Sam Hose. I killed Alfred Cranford, but I was paid to do it. Lige Strickland, the negro preacher at Palmetto, gave me $12 to kill him," he said. 

After denying he raped Cranford's wife, but offering to identify the rapist, he was stripped of his clothes and a large chain was draped around him. Upon the sight of knives in the hands of the crowd, Hose reportedly protested loudly; fearing for his life. 

One of Hose's ears was promptly lopped off into the hand of participant. Hose pleaded for his life. Instead, his other ear was amputated. He began shrieking in pain as his fingers and "other portions of his anatomy" were cut off.

Kerosene was poured over his blood-soaked body. A match was set to a pyre of wood at his feet and a flame engulfed Hose, sending him into convulsions of pain. 

Hose managed to press his torso away from the pine tree and, in so doing, partially broke the chain that bound him. But he was quickly pushed back into the flames. 

Reports say the road was blocked about one-half mile in both directions, attesting to the size of the gathering crowd. Only a few hundred were close enough to witness the execution. Nonetheless, shouts and cheers rippled through the mob as word was passed among them of Hose's demise. 

The execution began at about 2:30 pm, reports say, and Hose's body hung lifeless by 3:00 pm. 

"The body was not cut down," on report claimed. "It was cut to pieces."

Something has changed since Sunday,* April 23, 1899 when this occurred. 

There was a time when white Americans did not tolerate black crime. 

What has changed their minds? 

Who changed their minds and how did they do it? 

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